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How Climate Change Affects Your Winter Sports

Rough Kentucky Winter Cycling

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Rough Kentucky Winter Cycling

As a competitive cyclist from Louisville, Ky., Samuel Hartman depends on winter weather for training in order to build up “low-end cardiovascular endurance.” He said the yo-yo effect of sporadic warm days during winter can be chaos for the body as it tries to adjust.

“Just as the body gets used to riding in 40-degree weather, it switches to 70-degree weather … it throws the body, and mind, out of whack.”

Hartman also said that the warm/cold weather is horrible for biking trails. “[It] creates a ‘freeze/thaw’ effect that allows the trails to get super muddy during the day. Winter riding should be on frozen trails, and this rarely happens anymore."

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